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Exploring the intersections between innovation and campus sustainability at MIT


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Sustainability Connect Panel with Glen Comiso, James May, Jinane Abounadi, and Sarah Gallop

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Exploring the intersections between innovation and campus sustainability at MIT

  1. 1. Glen A. Comiso | Sustainability Connect | May 8, 2017 A Learning Exchange Exploring the Intersections between Innovation and Campus Sustainability at MIT
  2. 2. 2 Glen Comiso (moderator) Senior Director for Institute Affairs, Office of the President James May Senior Project Manager, Campus Planning Jinane Abounadi Executive Director, MIT Sandbox Initiative Program Sarah Gallop Co-Director, Office of Government & Community Relations, Office of the EVP Panel Discussion Institute perspective Innovation of MIT campus Accelerating innovation at MIT Innovation ecosystem
  3. 3. 3 How is innovation at MIT unique? How is MIT enhancing innovation? How does innovation connect with sustainability? Institute perspective on innovation
  4. 4. What does MIT do?
  5. 5. 5 Innovation at intersection of “mind and hand”
  6. 6. 6 Innovation integral part of MIT experience Student activities Community Spaces Education
  7. 7. 7 Supporting the Innovation Process Bringing Ideas to Impact
  8. 8. 8 External collaboration critical for innovation Accelerators Industry Start-ups Venture Capital Support Services Non-profits Universities Government
  9. 9. 9 Problem: Existing innovation pipeline system not structured to support complex, slower- growing concepts that could have huge long-term impact. Opportunity to develop “innovation orchards”:  Lost potential: Big ideas not making it to market  Patient support: Capital and infrastructure  Access: Specialized equipment and expertise
  10. 10. THE ENGINE =Founder Community +Specialized Services +Funding +Network ofCollaborators Highlights: • Announced in October 2016 in new space at 501 Mass. Ave. • Hired CEO, Katie Rae, in February 2017 • Closed $150M+ fund in April 2017 • Initial companies in Summer 2017
  11. 11. 11 Energy storage Sustainability initiativesNuclear power Innovating for sustainability at MIT Water desalination
  12. 12. 12 Today’s discussion Campus Innovations at MIT Innovation Programs within MIT Innovation Ecosystem around MIT
  13. 13. A R C H I T E C T U R E A T M I T : A H i s t o r y o f I n n o v a t i o n T o w a r d a N e w P a r a d i g m J a m e s M a y , A I A O f f i c e o f C a m p u s P l a n n i n g
  14. 14. A Histor y of I nnovationARCHITECTURE AT MIT: Design Design Design Construction Early Releases 1937 • PARADIGM 1 • A modern building in neo-classical garb • Building 7 William Bosworth
  15. 15. A Histor y of I nnovationARCHITECTURE AT MIT: 1939 • PARADIGM 2 • A modern building plain and simple • Building 57 Anderson and Beckwith
  16. 16. A Histor y of I nnovationARCHITECTURE AT MIT: 1949 • PARADIGM 2 • A modern building plain and simple • Baker House Alvar Aalto
  17. 17. A Histor y of I nnovationARCHITECTURE AT MIT: 1949 • Moors Hall • Harvard University
  18. 18. A Histor y of I nnovationARCHITECTURE AT MIT: Toward a New Paradigm “The era of harm reduction, half steps, and lesser evils is behind us. As a society, we need to be bold in ways that were once unimaginable.” - The Bullitt Foundation
  19. 19. A Histor y of I nnovationARCHITECTURE AT MIT: • Sistine Solar PV Panels • “We design and install beautiful solar systems that complement your home because you shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability”
  20. 20. A Histor y of I nnovationARCHITECTURE AT MIT: 2013 • The Bullitt Center • Seattle, Washington • Miller Hull Partnership • The goal of the Bullitt Center is to drive change in the marketplace faster and further by showing what’s possible today.
  21. 21. Jinane Abounadi | Executive Director
  22. 22. The goal of MIT Sandbox is to lower the barrier for students to experience hands-on entrepreneurship and accelerate those with more advanced ideas or technologies. Experience authentic entrepreneurship Explore how to get an idea to impact and learn from failures WHAT Entrepreneurship Fellow coaching HOW Mentorship from experienced professionals Engage with knowledgeable mentors and potential funders All 11,000 MIT undergraduate and graduate students WHO Workshops Corporate/University partnerships Legal and IP guidance Networking with MIT and external innovation ecosystem Funding $1K-$25K
  23. 23. MIT Sandbox secured $2M/year with sponsors and investors to provide seed funding for students to experiment with innovation. Fall ’16 (125) 76 37 13 7 0 20 40 60 80 $1K $10K Pending Summer ’16 (110) 20 5 15 28 64 $… $… $… Winter ’17 – IAP • $1K for 24 StartMIT and Fuse teams Spring ’17 • 80 applicants to over $5K • 35 are 2nd or 3rd round SB teams • 180 additional applications • ~220 teams funded in the Spring
  24. 24. MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program Student areas of interest
  25. 25. In one year, Sandbox funded over 30 students focused on sustainability. MIT could provide pilots and accelerate teams. Categories Problems Technologies Smart Cities Environment Energy Water Transportation Productivity Health Well-being Ocean Health Food Alternative sources Economics Clean Water Sensors Smart Phones Drones Autonomous Vehicles Big Data/AI IoT Networks Social media Renewable Energy Nuclear Energy Materials Bio sensors
  26. 26. Density of Industry Transportationiversity & Research Sense of Place gaged Civic Association Community Collaborations Sustainable Mixed-UseKey Catalysts Successful Innovation Ecosystems (and a focus on Kendall Square) Sarah Gallop Co-Director, Office of Government & Community Relations
  27. 27. Sustainability Opportunities in Kendall Advocate for Transportation • Kendall Square Association • Kendall Square Mobility Task Force • Pedestrian and bicycle amenities • Access MIT Transportation John Wilcox
  28. 28. Grow Collaborations with Nearby Neighborhoods • Educational programming • Mentoring/tutoring • Workforce training • Affordable housing Community Collaborations Sustainability Opportunities in Kendall
  29. 29. Preserve the Heritage of Old Districts • New ideas like old buildings (Jane Jacobs) • Diversity of architecture & sense of history Model, Lead & Share Best Practices • KSA Ecodistrict Committee • Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future Sustainable Mixed-Use Sustainability Opportunities in Kendall John Wilcox
  30. 30. Questions & discussion